Thieves ripped a safe from the wall of a hotel room near the Cannes Film Festival and made off with jewellery worth about $1 million (£655,000), in a brazen late-night burglary.1 comment
Hundreds of sweating Sufis chant and sway as the lead sheik moves into the middle of a circle of worshippers and bursts into a chant louder than anyone else’s.
Barack Obama’s administration has been rife with “cover-ups” and “intimidation”, it was claimed yesterday at an inquiry into practices at the country’s tax collection agency.
The war in Syria has cost its economy up to £50 billion and a quarter of all homes have been destroyed or severely damaged, a former minister has said.
A PASSENGER’S iPhone sent an aircraft several miles off course by causing its compasses to malfunction, a pilot has claimed.4 comments
A FORGOTTEN cemetery in Tuscany where two prominent 18th-century Scots are buried is in danger of falling to ruin unless urgent action is taken, claim Italian campaigners.3 comments
Detectives reviewing the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have identified at least “a handful of people of interest” in connection with the case, Scotland Yard said today.
The Moroccan dancer at the centre of Silvio Berlusconi’s prostitution trial took the stand in court for the first time yesterday, describing how female guests at Berlusconi’s “Bunga Bunga” parties stripped down to their underwear and dressed up as nuns, nurses and even US president Barack Obama.
At LEAST six people have been killed after a tornado with winds of up to 200mph ripped through a neighbourhood in the north Texas town of Granbury, marking the deadliest severe storm outbreak in the United States this year.
Oil giant BP has warned that millions of dollars of “fictitious” compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are putting the company at risk.7 comments
German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not have a “bosom friendship” with her French counterpart, she has said, but her working relationship with François Hollande was strong and crucial for Europe.1 comment
STORM clouds were still swirling over the White House last night despite the departure of the head of the US tax collection agency over a scandal involving the unfair targeting of conservative groups.
AMONG all the other daily tribulations Venezuelans face, they now have to cope with a shortage of one of life’s most basic necessities – toilet paper.3 comments
THE US government believes a Chinese missile launch this week was the first test of a new interceptor that could be used to destroy a satellite in orbit, a senior defence official has said.
A VIDEO posted on the internet shows fighters of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in Syria executing 11 men accused of taking part in massacres by president Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
A MAN shot himself in the head with a sawn-off shotgun in front of a dozen six-year-olds and their teacher at a private Catholic school in Paris yesterday.
FRANCE’S socialist leader François Hollande has called for an “economic government” in the eurozone with its own budget, right to issue debt, harmonised tax system and full-time president.8 comments
NIGERIA has launched a large-scale military campaign to flush out Islamist militants from their bases in remote border areas, after president Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the north-east.
A MAN wanted in South Africa over the honeymoon murder of his wife has suffered a mental health relapse, a court heard yesterday.
THE ARCTIC Council has agreed to admit emerging powers China and India as observer members, reflecting growing global interest in the trade and energy potential of the planet’s far north.
FORMER Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has registered as a candidate in next month’s presidential elections.
FORMER American footballer turned actor, OJ Simpson, took the witness stand in a Las Vegas court yesterday in a bid for a new trial in an armed robbery case that sent him to prison five years ago.
US FORCES in Afghanistan are hoping that a small steel industry can be born from the mammoth task of withdrawing equipment from the country by the end of next year, jump-starting a scrap metal trade and injecting cash into local businesses.
A FOSSIL from Iraq has deepened the mystery surrounding the fate of ichthyosaurs, dolphin-like reptiles that swam in the oceans millions of years ago.
AN AMERICAN diplomat allegedly caught with a range of disguises, including wigs, special equipment and wads of cash, has been expelled by Russia.
TIRED and caked in mud, the first group of Kurdish guerrillas to leave Turkey under a peace plan to end three decades of war came down a mountain into Iraq to be embraced by waiting comrades.
PROSECUTORS have rejected a plea bargain offer from the captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which capsized off Italy’s west coast last year with the loss of 32 lives.
AN ULTRA-nationalist party that calls foreign firms robbers and wants Bulgaria out of Nato has emerged as a possible kingmaker after an inconclusive general election result.
FOR decades, the Roman Catholic Church has been the target of criticism over controversial works of art. Now in an apparent bid to redress the balance, the Vatican has commissioned its first exhibit at the Venice Biennale showcase of contemporary art.
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THE US navy has, for the first time, launched an unmanned aircraft the size of a fighter jet from aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Atlantic Ocean.1 comment
NORTH American retailers may create their own Bangladesh safety agreement, an alternative to a legally binding accord that mainly European retailers have signed, sources close to talks said last night.
COMMANDER Chris Hadfield, who today returned to Earth after a 144-day stint on board the International Space Station, landed in Prestwick this afternoon to refuel.4 comments
Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie cover in space video Picture gallery
IT HAS to be every David Bowie fan’s fantasy: sitting in a tin can far above the world and singing Space Oddity to millions listening below.2 comments
A UNITED Nations report has said the health benefits of consuming nutritious insects could help fight obesity as well as combating hunger, global warming and pollution.2 comments
ANGELINA Jolie’s decision to have a preventative double mastectomy was “absolutely heroic”, according to her partner Brad Pitt.3 comments
SOME of the biggest names on the UK high street will sign up tomorrow to an international agreement aimed at providing minimum safety standards for textile workers in Bangladesh, in the wake of the catastrophic factory collapse which left more than 1,100 people dead.1 comment
THE 19-year-old seamstress who survived on biscuits and water for 17 days after the factory collapsed said she expected to die after becoming trapped under the rubble.
ITALIAN prosecutors have demanded a six-year jail sentence and a lifetime ban on holding public office for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, charged with abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor.
THEY beat him, stabbed him, and tried to set him on fire. Then they crushed his head with a heavy stone.
TEENAGE pop star Justin Bieber appears to have given up on his pet monkey which was seized by German customs officials in March, according to the shelter looking after “Mally”.1 comment
Nawaz Sharif, poised to become prime minister for a third time after a decisive victory in Pakistan’s election, has declared that the mistrust that has long dogged relations with India must be tackled.
THE two brothers of Ariel Castro, accused of holding three women captive for a decade, have branded him a “monster” and said that they hope he “rots in jail” for what he has done.
New Orleans police are hunting the gunmen who wounded 19 people, including two children, at a Mother’s Day parade.
ANGELA Merkel has dismissed claims in a new book that she was more actively committed to East Germany’s communist regime than she has acknowledged, saying she has never kept anything secret about her past.
Britain will double military support for Syrian rebels to help them withstand the “onslaught” from Bashar al-Assad’s regime, David Cameron said last night.
DRAFT legislation for referendum on EU membership is to be published by the Conservative Party in an attempt to head off further splits on the issue.
DIVERS have begun exploring a murky lake near Berlin in a bid to find a billion-pound fortune in gold looted during the Second World War by Nazi Luftwaffe chief and Adolf Hitler deputy Hermann Goering.2 comments
Pope Francis has proclaimed as saints some 800 Italians killed in the 15th century for refusing to convert to Islam, and said many Christians were still being persecuted for their faith.
ONE of Britain’s most wanted criminals has been captured during a police raid on his villa in Spain.3 comments
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